|Sun 6th Sep||All-Age Communion *||11.00am|
|Sun 13th Sep||Common Worship Communion *||11.00am|
|Sun 20th Sep||Combined Service of Common Worship Communion at Morley *
|Sun 27th Sep||Common Worship Communion *||11.00am|
|Sun 3rd Oct||All-age Communion for Harvest*||11.00am|
* Children's Church is always available at the 11.00 am service at Morley and at Smalley on the first Sunday of the month
SEED OF HOPE, UGANDA
For all of you who are involved in sponsorship or fundraising (directly or indirectly), this is to let you know that Pastor Joseph Kisa will be visiting us from Uganda from 4 Sept to 14 October. He will be based with me in Smalley. Pastor Joseph is the Director of our two school projects in Uganda; Alpha Omega and Living Oracles. He will be preaching at both of our churches on Sunday 6 September, and you may well see him walking around the village. If you would like to know more about our mission and projects, he will be delighted to meet you for a chat, either at church or other time to be arranged. Please contact Di Gee for further information on 01332 832434. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.
I never go to visit my parents' grave in a Surrey churchyard - I've lots of happy memories, photos, silent movies, letters and possessions to remember them by.
But that is not true of my great uncle Jack, who was killed by a German sniper near Ypres in Belgium in March 1915; that's why I went with several members of my family to visit his grave on the 100th anniversary of his death. The same goes for King Richard III, whose new tomb in Leicester Cathedral I went to see this-morning.
A story is told of three people in a pub discussing what they would like others to say about them as they lay in their coffins at their funerals. The first says he would like people to be talking about a generous giver of time and money to those in need. The second says she would like people to hear about a great teacher and positive role model to lots of young people. The third person says he would like people to exclaim "Look he's moving!"
Not many bodies are moved 500 years after their burial. Most are not even remembered. The exhumation of the last King of England to die in battle has, in an age when we can live very much for the moment, reminded us of events long ago. It has reignited historical discussion about Richard's role in history: was he a good person who sought the flourishing of those in his care or was he, as Shakespeare had it, the ruthless villain who murdered his way to the throne?
The question of legacy is not one reserved for monarchs. How will we be re-membered after our deaths? What difference will our lives have made? What will our legacy be? Christianity has never minimised either our potential for evil or our capacity for good, but in all has pointed us to the judgment, mercy and redemption of God. That offer of knowing mercy and grace, made possible in and through Jesus, is both a hope for beyond this life and also a living experience in the here and now.
King Richard's new tomb is tilted slightly to face the magnificent East window depicting Jesus' suffering, death, resurrection and ascension - a King of England meeting Christ the King. Well worth going to see; well worth pondering.
The Very Revd Geoffrey Marshall